Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Aigo no Waka

二代目市川門之助の愛護の若

Japanese
Edo period
1773 (An'ei 2), 1st month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.8 x 14.4 cm (12 1/2 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18628

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Wada Sakamori Eiga Kagami
Theater: Nakamura

This print strongly resembles 21.4017, identified as “Monnosuke II as the Temple Page Shiragiku” in a play of 1772.1. However, both this impression and the Chicago impression of 21.4017 have what appear to be contemporary inscriptions identifying the respective roles and dates. Possibly an attractive scene was repeated a year later in a slightly different play.
和田酒盛栄花鏡
 中村

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Markings

Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection